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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of groin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Built with groins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In architecture, having groins; showing the curved lines resulting from the intersection of two semicylinders or arches. See cut under groin.


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  • The room in which Queen Bimbane received me was a superb apartment, magnificently decorated with elaborately carved columns supporting a kind of groined roof, the walls being draped with splendid tapestry worked on silk in gold thread, and hung with several enormous mirrors of polished silver in massive gold frames -- brackets supporting clusters of lamps on either side of each.

    Through Veld and Forest An African Story

  • The rood-loft generally projected in front, so as to form a kind of groined cove, the ribs of which sprang or diverged from the principal uprights of the screen beneath.

    The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture, Elucidated by Question and Answer, 4th ed.

  • The joined arcs made the shape of birth and craving And the welded-open shape kept mouthing O.Ossified cords held the corners together In groined spirals pleated like a summer dress.

    Robert Pinsky's Poetry Strikes a Chord

  • The words spoke themselves and disappeared into the groined shadows of the roof.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • The lights in the groined vaults overhead changed again and shifted up the spectrum.

    Wild Dreams of Reality, 5

  • The main décor­at­ive elements were the moulded plaster decorations, the panelled and groined ceiling, carved timber work, stained glass windows and gas-light pendants.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Thus Mr. Fiennes grew up in rarefied circumstances, surrounded by the artifacts (and vocabulary) of a vanished world: ­halberds and stanchions, vaults and corbels, groined passages, burgonets, rapiers and spontoons.

    Within The Castle Walls

  • The groined roofs rose from six columns on each side, carved with the rarest skill; and the manner in which the crossings of the concave arches were bound together, as it were, with appropriate ornaments, were all in the finest tone of the architecture of the age.

    The Talisman

  • The roof was graced with groined arches, and the wall with niches, from which the images had been pulled down.

    The Abbot

  • So the provisioner went in followed by the portress and the Porter and went on till they reached a spacious ground floor hall,148 built with admirable skill and beautified with all manner colours and carvings; with upper balconies and groined arches and galleries and cupboards and recesses whose curtains hung before them.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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  • The deep accumulation of dress fell about her in groined shadows, the train, rambling through a vista of primitive trees, was carpet-thick.

    —Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

    November 18, 2008